I definitely cried when Jen texted me asking if I’d take their pregnancy announcement photos. I’ve known these ladies as teachers, and then as friends, and in every stage of our friendship I have been genuinely moved by their love for each other.
These are two of the kindest, warmest, most courageous humans I know, and I am so excited they are going to be parents!! Here are a few snaps from our session in their front yard.
(They called the babe their “little dragon”!!)
They used a sign from their wedding for the announcing – because their last name is pronounced “cook” it sounds out like “cooking for two” – except now it will be three! And featured in these photos are their darling dogs, who are about to be big siblings.
Last week, while snapping pics of these cuties, J told me he had spent the night prior putting up a Christmas tree. One of their usual four. He was chuckling a little as he said it, and I laughed too – it is, after all, not even Thanksgiving yet. But in all earnest, Phillip added, “It’s been such a terrible week, we needed Christmas.”
And honestly, I just could not agree more.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions in our household is the annual Christmas Card – more specifically, the photoshoot. I love cheeky, kitschy Christmas stuff. And what I love even more than cheeky Christmas stuff are cheeky cats in Christmas costumes.
Unfortunately, the only being in the house who will let me dress them up is my spouse – and even that, I fear, has an expiration date. So usually it’s us dressed and the cat half-out-of their santa hats.
See for yourself:
Now, these masterpieces are crafted with a tablecloth hung over a curtain rod, a self-timer, and an affable, if resigned, spouse.
But this year, two things are different:
One, I want to spread my love for Christmas cheesiness farther and wider, which is where you come in!
And two, we have a dog. And DOGS, it turns out, are MUCH easier to put in costumes!
Okay, okay, she enjoyed it about as much as the cats do.
SOOO the point is:
I am running a special on Christmas Card photoshoots until December 1st 2016!
For $40 (plus mileage, if necessary) you get a 45-minute photo session for you, your pets, your cute kids, your cute boo, yourself, whoever! One location, one outfit, ugly Christmas sweater contests preferred.
I will then send you, via DropBox, full-resolution digital images for your printing pleasure within 72 hours of your shoot, so everyone in your life can enjoy your beauty on their fridges this holiday season.
All you have to do is contact me before December 1st to set up the time and place!
My favorite thing about church on Sundays is sitting on the back pew with the wriggly kids and best of parents. Founding members of the back row antics is this squad – Brock, and his dads J and Phillip!
These cuties and I met up for a fall morning walk around Duke Gardens. Brock is, obviously, a total ham and had me in stitches the whole time – from both running to keep up and from all the giggles!
There really are few things more beautiful than deep, tender, tackle-hug love from parents to children. Thanks, y’all, for letting me witness your love!